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February 4, 2008 Issue

Cover art by: Cover photograph: Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend (1945, MGM); cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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  • Editorial

    Desperately Seeking Stimulus

    An economy addicted to growth, bubbles, downsizing and lending sprees–has become disconnected from the real economy of ordinary human needs.

    Barbara Ehrenreich

  • CSI: Iraq

    Despite the cosmetic acts of President Bush, his undertakers and enablers, America’s Iraq is still a corpse.

    Tom Engelhardt

  • Racial Politics, Clinton Style

    No matter who injected the issue of race and gender into the Democratic presidential campaign, it’s not going away.

    Ari Berman

  • Long Roe to Hoe

    Improving the sorry state of US reproductive health policy requires serious shifts within the women’s movement and the abortion rights movement.

    Frances Kissling and Kate Michelman

  • Noted.

    Victor Navasky on failed punditry, Frida Berrigan on Bush’s Israeli pilgrimage, Esther Kaplan on activist nurses.

    The Editors

  • Reconstruction Lessons

    Advocates of African-Americans and women achieve more by working together than by fighting.

    Eric Foner

  • Twin Disasters

    When will the candidates cease their petty sniping and address the real issues: the Iraq War and the faltering economy?

    The Editors

  • Books & the Arts

    A Conversation with Taylor Branch

    MLK’s biographer on presidents, politics, racial injustice, poverty and war.

    Bruce Wallace

  • Bella’s Way

    They just don’t make women politicians like Bella Abzug anymore.

    Nona Willis Aronowitz

  • L.A.

    Politically speaking
    look at this
    a word at a time
    on my knee
    looking forward to a picnic
    with my friends
    in the afternoon
    in their car

    Eileen Myles

  • On the Books

    A “rogue sociologist” gains unprecedented insight on the day-to-day workings of a Chicago gang.

    Ted Conover

  • Little Ships of Horror

    Marcus Rediker’s breathtaking “human history” of the slave ship reveals how the transatlantic slave trade demeaned everyone it touched.

    Christopher Leslie Brown
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  • Letters


    Readers respond to Gary Younge on The Obama Effect, exchange views with Henry Siegman on Israel and comment about the subprime mortgage meltdown.

    Our Readers and Henry Siegman